Photo Sharing with Visions and 23

In my last post, I’ve described my liking of the Visions 3-D Image Management System and its excellent features for displaying batches of photos.  The program also has great editing features as well as image creation features that allow you to create holiday cards, greetings, calenders and a variety of other neat creations.

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However, it is Visions’ photo sharing feature that makes this a Web 2.0 tool for the read/write/share generation.  Visions is associated with social photo sharing web-sites Flickr and 23.  The Visions application lets you upload batches of images from your visual galleries to your on-line account with a photo sharing site.

click for larger imageHere is a screen shot of Visions uploading images to share on 23.  The next image shows the resulting 12 images uploaded to my 23 account, and now published for anyone to see [in just one click – pretty slick!].  Although Flickr is obviously the most popular photo sharing site on-line [Flickr has thousands of images uploaded every minute], I chose to use 23 as it does not require you to create a Yahoo account.  Here is a quote from the ‘About 23‘ page: “A community should be open to users of all photo sharing services and not force one to use one in particular to participate.”

My avatar in Second Life

Click the image to view images of my avatar, Rasta Telling, in a few interesting places in Second Life.

Now that I’ve created an account on 23, I’ve begun to think about educational advantages for using photo sharing web-sites.  Flickr, 23, photobucket, or many other photo sharing sites could be used by teachers or students to share galleries of images.  Perhaps my art students could use 23 to create digital portfolios of their created artworks.  I’ve liked the idea of one photo every day for quite some time.  This would be a good way for students to develop their visual skills, and their ‘camera eye’.  23 might be a good place for such projects.  Ideally, I’d like to have students share one photo every day, as well as an image of one creation every day [sketch, painting, sculpture, poem, collage, anything creative].

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Visions 3D Image Management

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I’ve been playing around with a cool 3D Image Management application called Visions made by Twins-solutions.
I like this app. It may be useful to anyone who has massive collections of pictures and photos on their computer, as I do. It allows you alternate ways to browse, view, edit and share photos.  I liken this program to iTunes for pictures. Any teacher who wants to display galleries of images to students may wish to check this out, as it allows unique ways to display and browse through image folders [much more interesting than Windows’ default].  Its most grabbing feature is its interesting variety of  ways to view multiple galleries in 3D.  However, it does come with tons of other features for organizing, editing, creating, and even sharing photos on-line.  As an artist, I’m always looking for quick and easy photo editing apps.  I will have to ‘play’ with this some more, but right off the bat, I like the 3-D viewing features.  Check out the videos on the gallery page: http://www.twins-solutions.com/video.html

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This application is a perfect addition to my classroom practice, as I a consistently show collections of images to enforce some of the visual concepts that I try to teach in my courses.
In the screen shot above, you can see that the Visions app allows me to have a dozen image galleries on the screen at the same time.  Simply scrolling my mouse over any image in any gallery bring up a larger thumbnail, and a double click displays the image in full size.  This is just one of many ways to view image galleries.  Image galleries can be displayed in this cylinder view, or 5 other 3-D views.

In the screen shot at the top of this post (click the image to see it larger) you can see a practical application of this program.  I have three galleries on the screen at the same time.  The left is a collection of image of Vincent Van Gogh paintings, the center gallery is a collection of images of a variety of Impressionist artworks, and the right is a collection of images of Claude Monet paintings.  This makes it quick and simple to switch back and forth between galleries and to select images from each gallery to display.   This will often be useful in order to compare and contrast visual concepts.  In this case, perhaps I want to discuss similarities and differences between Van Gogh’s and Monet’s styles of Impressionist painting.